Sotheby's operates as an art auction house. It operates through the following segments: Agency, SFS, and All Other. The Agency segment accepts property on consignment, and match sellers to buyers through the auction of private sale process. The SFS segment offers financing packages to clients who wish to obtain immediate access to liquidity from their art assets. The All Other segment comprises of advisory services, retail wine business, and brand licensing activities. The company was founded by Samuel Baker on March 11, 1744 and is headquartered in New York, NY.